Gracious to the lonely

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” (Psalm 25:16 ESV)

We have all been there. Some of us are there right now. Lonely. Afflicted. We don’t feel like we have anyone we can talk to, truly bear our soul to. We feel afflicted. Attacked, pressured, harassed at every turn. Our hearts are troubled, hurting and in need.

It is real. This pain. This struggle. But truer still is the grace of God for us. That Jesus would experience the greatest of abandonments and loneliness for us. That Jesus would take on violent affliction in our place. He knows the feeling. He has prayed for help to remove the trouble. And he knows the only resolution is the grace of communion with God.

This is what Jesus does. He brings you to God. “Here Father is my brother and sister, hurting and alone. But perfected by my sacrifice for them. Accept them for your glory.”

In acceptance is our healing, the end of affliction that can harm us, eternal relationship that will one day, fully and finally rid us of loneliness. Wave upon wave of grace for everyday life, that we can get through it.

So we continue to petition with the Psalmist, Lord turn to us, be gracious for we are lonely and afflicted. Cover us in your grace and fill us with your Spirit that we would know we are never alone and made more than conquers in you. Amen.